Family of man killed in crash will donate to Penny Park repair work

Full story: Silver City Sun-News

Family members of Bobby Serna, who was killed March 13 while riding his motorcycle on Hudson Street, have decided to donate in Bobby's name to the rebuild of Penny Park.
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1 - 9 of 9 Comments Last updated Jul 26, 2011
rcgauer

United States

#3 Jul 22, 2011
This is an astoundingly generous and loving act. Penny Park is a special place, and the family of Mr. Serna have made it even more so. As a community need to remember them and thank them for this incredible offer and extension to the Penny Park legacy of community solidarity and care.
News2Me

Silver City, NM

#4 Jul 22, 2011
I was really saddened by your brothers death and my heart goes out to you and your family. Thank you for thinking of others during your great time of trial and tribulation. The Lord will richly reward you for your selfless acts of kindness and generosity. I will remember to pray for you all. The Holy Spirit comfort and guide you. Blessings!
wow

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jul 22, 2011
Mr. Serna also had a young daughter. I wonder how come she was of no mention in this article. Not even listed in survivors?
Just so you know

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jul 22, 2011
The family's intention to make a donation to Penny Park indeed sounds generous. Meanwhile however, our community has all but abandoned genuine interest in it. Following the first burn, the City challenged the community to assemble a committee of volunteers to oversee the park's reconstruction. Not one person stepped up. As a result, months turned into years with no progress made ultimately resulting in a solicitation for contractors to do the work. As that was being finalized, this more recent fire was set, putting that same challenge back on the table but now with even more significance given the scope of what needs to be done. Granted, there's ample emotional outpouring, even cash donations, but nobody seems willing to actually offer up their time and energy to doing anything tangible. Even over the course of weeks only minor discussion about this has been maintained on the Gila Community Forum, and even that seems to have petered out. What Penny Park desperately needs is leadership, organization, and community representation. A cash donation is nice, but unless someone takes up the reins and gets things moving this entire project is going to languish until it succumbs to liability and bureaucratic forces. Given the toxicity problems with the wood and soil, its ad hoc design, its location and gang/drug related concerns, a proposal has been floated to bulldoze the entire place down and pave it over. Like it or not, unless the "community" actually steps up to actively get behind its reconstruction this may end up being its fate giving way to its new name, Penny Parking Lot. Just so you know...
Yeah right

Los Alamos, NM

#7 Jul 22, 2011
Just so you know wrote:
The family's intention to make a donation to Penny Park indeed sounds generous. Meanwhile however, our community has all but abandoned genuine interest in it. Following the first burn, the City challenged the community to assemble a committee of volunteers to oversee the park's reconstruction. Not one person stepped up. As a result, months turned into years with no progress made ultimately resulting in a solicitation for contractors to do the work. As that was being finalized, this more recent fire was set, putting that same challenge back on the table but now with even more significance given the scope of what needs to be done. Granted, there's ample emotional outpouring, even cash donations, but nobody seems willing to actually offer up their time and energy to doing anything tangible. Even over the course of weeks only minor discussion about this has been maintained on the Gila Community Forum, and even that seems to have petered out. What Penny Park desperately needs is leadership, organization, and community representation. A cash donation is nice, but unless someone takes up the reins and gets things moving this entire project is going to languish until it succumbs to liability and bureaucratic forces. Given the toxicity problems with the wood and soil, its ad hoc design, its location and gang/drug related concerns, a proposal has been floated to bulldoze the entire place down and pave it over. Like it or not, unless the "community" actually steps up to actively get behind its reconstruction this may end up being its fate giving way to its new name, Penny Parking Lot. Just so you know...
At the Blues Fest a couple of years ago, after the first burn, they asked for people to sign up to volunteer to help with the cleanup, rebuild, etc. Although I signed up, and donated $20.00 that day, I was never called or notified afterwards of any type of work day or anything else regarding the status of a rebuild. All I saw was a bunch of bitching back and forth on the community forum about out of town contractors, the type of wood to be used, etc.
New Mexico Native

Auburn, IN

#8 Jul 22, 2011
rcgauer wrote:
This is an astoundingly generous and loving act. Penny Park is a special place, and the family of Mr. Serna have made it even more so. As a community need to remember them and thank them for this incredible offer and extension to the Penny Park legacy of community solidarity and care.
I agree! However, the money needs to be kept in an interest bearing account to return to the family in the event that the park is not rebuilt. There are so many issues regarding the rebuild that it would be sad to see this family give so generously during their time of grief only to know their money won't be going toward rebuilding a place their son loved.
Just so you know

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jul 22, 2011
New Mexico Native wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree! However, the money needs to be kept in an interest bearing account to return to the family in the event that the park is not rebuilt. There are so many issues regarding the rebuild that it would be sad to see this family give so generously during their time of grief only to know their money won't be going toward rebuilding a place their son loved.
A fund has already been set up for this purpose. Between donations and pledges already received on top of the insurance payments, this project is relatively flush with cash. If community volunteer labor were contributed on top of that, not only could the park be rebuilt, it could be made far better than it was in the first place, and the remainder of its still un-constructed original design plans could also be completed. It seems hard to believe in this economy, but money to rebuild Penny Park is not really the issue, is not the hold up, and is not what's needed. We can be reasonably sure however that if the project continues on without community oversight and hands-on involvement, some if not all of those funds will end up diverted elsewhere. At that point we can only hope its final destination won't be somebody’s back pocket.
Just so you know

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jul 22, 2011
Yeah right wrote:
<quoted text>
At the Blues Fest a couple of years ago, after the first burn, they asked for people to sign up to volunteer to help with the cleanup, rebuild, etc. Although I signed up, and donated $20.00 that day, I was never called or notified afterwards of any type of work day or anything else regarding the status of a rebuild. All I saw was a bunch of bitching back and forth on the community forum about out of town contractors, the type of wood to be used, etc.
The $20 you contributed at the Blues Festival was collected for the sake of hiring those out-of-town contractors you referred to, who also happen to be the ones that first directed Penny Park's construction from the wood that now needs to be disposed of in a toxic waist dump. The people collecting the money you donated neglected to mention those details, and instead represented themselves under the banner of a "community effort" to rebuild our "community park." Perhaps not too surprisingly, those people with their private agenda were the only ones to stand up and seriously attempt to organize anything. Even though you put your name, "on the list," you didn't get called because they got shut down once the true nature of their scheme came to light. Yes there was some bitching in that process. In response the City attempted to legitimately sponsor a "community effort" by calling for volunteers, to which they received zero response. That's why nothing got done.
nunya

Silver City, NM

#12 Jul 26, 2011
wow wrote:
Mr. Serna also had a young daughter. I wonder how come she was of no mention in this article. Not even listed in survivors?
I was wondering the same thing???/

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